The Third day of Christmas
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You would not believe how well we slept last night, Iâ€™m surprised myself. The Jeep didnâ€™t run out of gas and we stayed warm. Drove across the street to the gas station, gassed up and grabbed breakfast. The station if fuller than it was last night but the brave are getting on the on ramp. After talking to a few people and wishing them Merry Christmas everyone is still in good spirits laughing and smiling. When the sun breaks we jump onto the highway doing a blistering 15mph on the ice. Still slipping more than I like we get off on the next exit and wait for more sun. On the exit is a sweet slick sheet of ice next to where we park so we get out and go â€śice skatingâ€ť with our shoes. Run and sllliiiidddeee! After wards we had a snow ball fight that I thought I had won until it came time to shake the snow off of me. Devin 1 me 0. The truckers and other familys just watched us play in the snow, good thing cause I had something for them if they would have gotten out of their cars, LOL.
We jump back on the road after an hour and brave the ice, it was dicey but we come out of the drama in Abilene. Here the roads clear up and we are moving! As we head into west Texas I would defy anyone in the world to find more windmills anywhere. There are wind farms in all directions as far as the eye can see this lasts for 60 miles. The landscape starts to give way to rolling plains and flat roads, coming over the top of one hill you can see for 10 miles down the road, the speed limit shoots to 80mph and we are blazing a path into oil country. At first the oil pumps are sparse but further we travel the more we see. The beauty of this desolate road is amazing, its hard to imagine that someone owns the land we are passing as there are no houses in sight and we can see for miles. As we come upon Odessa its like a mirage, we have been traveling for a good 2 hours no major cities or towns and then we see skyscrapers in the distance. This has to be where the oil industry is headquartered, because there is no good reason on earth for anyone to live out here. It seems so isolated and yet people are here and after stopping at to get gas it seems they are just as happy if not happier than people in a big city. Maria and Juan are eating lunch next to us and they are headed to San Antonio to visit relatives for Christmas. They are about 40ish with no kids and are just heading out, after some conversation they wish us a safe trip and we wish them the same and a Merry Christmas. Back to the road.
Now on I-20 you will see a few ghost towns that for some reason have a few residents still there and some with no one there anymore. Devin asks me how do they survive out there so far away from home, how do they make money. I donâ€™t know the answer to that but I tell him that is an excellent question. Its that question that tells me heâ€™s thinking and really curious about whatâ€™s going on. Cool.
As we turn onto I-10 towards El Paso the rock formations are becoming amazing, some have structures on top of them made out of stone and probably clay. Obviously these were used for something once upon a time but no telling how long ago. The closer we get to El Paso we can see Mexico to our left as if it were just across the street. This part of the highway straddles the border and you can see farms and houses in the Rio Grande river valley. Devin finds this particularly exciting. Getting into El Paso we go to the airport to exchange rental cars as the Jeep started to develop a crack in the windshield.